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Fall 2014

Dear Friends,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

Back in the 1200’s there was born a boy who was to make a tremendous impact on his world. As a youth he lived a vain and worldly life, culminating in an attempt to win glory as a soldier in the petty wars with the neighboring town. As he came to see the emptiness of his life and began to seek what God wanted of him, he prayed long and earnestly in a dilapidated little church on the edge of town. There he had a vision of Christ Who said to him, “Francis, rebuild my church; it is falling to ruin.” Overjoyed to know so clearly the Will of God, he set to work eagerly collecting building materials and repairing the run-down chapel. Once he finished, he went around doing whatever he could to mend other forlorn churches of the area. But God spoke to him again, telling him that it was not the physical buildings that needed attention, but rather the living stones which made up His Church. A spiritual renewal in the living of the Gospel principles was what was needed, and the Little Poor Man brought about the revolution, by his living example of simplicity, poverty, humility and penance.

    Father announces the releasing of 100 balloons in honor of the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of Mount St. Michael
  St. Michael’s Parish commemorated the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of Mount St. Michael by releasing 100 balloons at the annual parish picnic.
  Father announces the releasing of 100 balloons in honor of the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of Mount St. Michael
  The balloons sail off over the Mount towards the city of Spokane.
  Centennial committee
  The Centennial committee, posing here in front of the Mount’s cornerstone, is working hard to coordinate the year-long celebration of Mount St. Michael’s Centennial (1915-2015).

As we begin the new school year, we have chosen as the year’s spiritual theme the opening verse of Psalm 126, “Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” Like St. Francis, we know that we must focus not so much on the material buildings used for the work of the Church as on the spiritual mansions of our Father’s Kingdom, giving the children a strong foundation of humility for their spiritual edifice, sturdy walls of self-discipline, clear windows of pure intention, the lighting of joy, and the roof of charity to cover all. Our tools are the hammer of mortification, nails of gratitude, the measuring tape of obedience, the chisel of moderation, level of patience. And surrounding our house will be the garden of peace.

But back on a more literal view of the matter, this year the Sisters and parishioners at Mount St. Michael are celebrating the 100th anniversary of this house which the Lord built here in the Northwest on the labors of His zealous missionaries, the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus. August 24th saw the centenary of the groundbreaking for this magnificent building, which was to be not only a physical edifice, but a spiritual powerhouse from which would go forth architects of faith to engineer spiritual mansions in the souls of men. We consider ourselves heirs to this mission… Jesus Himself founded the house of His Church on the rock of faith. In following His teachings, and striving to do His will, we also build on a firm foundation rather than on the sand which would bring our house tumbling down (Matt. 7: 24-27).

Finally, to consider one more Gospel analogy having to do with building, remember how Our Lord spoke of the man who wanted to build a house and took thought beforehand as to whether he would have all he needed to finish the project? Well, by our consecration to Our Blessed Lady, we have engaged the perfect financier. She will be able to see us through to the end, for she holds the key to God’s storehouses, and is the distributer of His treasures. If we consult with her, and strive to follow her example and guidance, she will provide for all our spiritual needs, and will keep us supplied with all the necessary building materials to accomplish the Will of her Divine Son.

Quotes on the Religious Life

The Sisters praying during the 40 Hours Devotion

Our Apostolate of Prayer

Are you worried about a loved one? Is there a problem that is weighing heavily upon your heart? Send in your intentions, and the Sisters will commend them in their prayers and Masses, especially during our upcoming Novenas:

Our Lady of the Rosary
   (Feast: October 7)
Our Lady of Guadalupe
   (Feast: December 12)

Christ: “Amen I say to you, everyone who has forsaken home or parents or brethren... for the sake of the kingdom of God, will receive in this present world a hundredfold, and in the world to come, everlasting life” (Luke 28:29-30).

St. Teresa of Avila: “Though I could not at first bend my will to be a nun, I saw that the religious state was the best and safest. And thus, by little and little, I resolved to force myself into it. The struggle lasted three months. ...When I took the habit, Our Lord at once made me understand how He helps those who do violence to themselves, in order to serve Him, I was filled with a joy so great that it has never failed me to this day.”

St. Alphonsus Maria de Ligouri: “If they who give a cup of cold water in his name shall not be left without abundant remuneration, how great and incomprehensible must be the reward which a religious who aspires to perfection shall receive for the numberless works of piety which she performs every day; for so many meditations, offices, and spiritual readings; for so many acts of mortification and of divine love which she daily refers to God’s honor? Do you not know that these good works which are performed through obedience, and in compliance with the religious vows, merit a far greater reward than the good works of seculars?”

St. Bernard of Clairvaux: ”They [religious] live more purely, they fall more rarely, they rise more speedily, they are aided more powerfully, they live more peacefully, they die more securely, and they are rewarded more abundantly.”

St. Thomas Aquinas: “ may be reasonably said that a person by entering into religion, obtains the remission of all sins. For, to make satisfaction for all sins, it is sufficient to dedicate one’s self entirely to the service of God by entering religion, which dedication exceeds all manner of satisfaction. Hence, we read in the lives of the Fathers, that they who enter religion obtain the same grace as those who receive Baptism.”

St. Mary Magdalene di Pazzi: “A religious vocation is the greatest grace God can give a soul after holy Baptism.”

St. Basil: “In this privileged state [the religious life] there is a happy and wonderful exchange; for goods of this world are given up and in their place the goods of Heaven are received. Treasures that will pass away are surrendered in exchange for treasures that last forever. Articles of no value are swapped for articles of priceless value.”

St. Laurence Justinian: “God has designedly concealed the happiness of the religious state because, if it were known, all would relinquish the world and fly to religion.”

Pope Pius XII, Sedes Sapientiae: “It is a great condescension on the part of the divine Providence that throughout the course of the centuries Christ the Redeeemer should continue to repeat to souls, objects of His predilection, in an interior and as it were mysterious manner, that invitation which He had long ago addressed personally to the young man who questioned Him about life everlasting: ‘Come and follow Me.’”

Pope Pius XI: “In the religious life one advances with such a sure and confident step along the way of perfection that one has already, it would seem, cast one’s anchor in the port of salvation.”


September 8
  Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
Sr. Renee Marie’s feastday
Feast of St. Michael: Titular feast of Mount St. Michael, St. Michael’s Convent and Novitiate, and St. Michael’s Academy; Sr. Michael Marie’s feastday
October 3
  Sr. Therese Marie’s feastday
Feast of the Most Holy Rosary
Fatima Conference at Mount St. Michael: “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary Are Attentive to Your Supplications”
Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima (Miracle of the Sun)
November 1
  All Saints’ Day (holyday)
Sr. Maria Providencia’s feastday
Sr. Mary Isabella’s feastday
December 8
  Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mary Immaculata’s feastday
Sr. Mary Loretta’s feastday
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Christmas Concerts at the Bing Theater
Sr. Mary Cabrini’s feastday
Christmas Day; Sr. Marie Emmanuel’s feastday

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